Abstract Landscape Paintings by Natalie Day
My abstract landscape paintings capture a memory of a place, an experience or moment that reveals itself in surprising ways and creates a sense of the unexepected.
Informed by my upbringing in Cornwall, and recent residencies in West Penwith and South Wales, my focus this year is on developing my interpretation of the landscape through deconstruction of elements into shape, colour and the story of the land.
Inspired by the multi-viewpoint approach explored by Peter Lanyon and the energy and freedom of the pioneering abstract expressionists, I combine my experiences and memories of place together with representational elements of surface topography, aerial and cross-sectional views to abstract the landscape whilst provoking a sense of the familiar.
My paintings are becoming larger, richer and more ambitious as I seek to find an expression of these ancient landscapes and an understanding of the historical and cultural significance of certain sites, in particular the abandoned mines and quarries of the area and the remnants of industry left to be reclaimed by nature.
I begin by visiting the site to make charcoal studies and gather photographic reference, noting the natural colour palettes and gathering earth samples to make my own paints from the landscape of my focus, infusing the work with the elements gathered.
The paintings are then constructed of many layers, with acrylic and earth pigment paint applied, scraped back and reapplied to create a rich, weathered appearance. A limited palette inspired by the site represented creates a harmony in the work whilst allowing dramatic and bold contrasts.
As the rich layers and textures reveal themselves there are hidden gems to be found – and I invite the viewer to take their time and enjoy their discoveries.
Upcoming collaborative exhibition with Bron Jones at Little Buckland Gallery, Worcs (Autumn 2021)
Dolphin Gallery Wantage (2019/20)
Self-organised and self-directed 6 week residency in West Penwith, Cornwall (Aug-Sept 2021)
Self-organised and self-directed short residencies in Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire (May and July 2021)
Finalist Broadway Arts Festival Open Call (2021)
Jackson’s Art Prize 2 pieces longlisted (2018)
Dolphin Art Gallery Wantage ‘New Work’ exhibition (December to current)
Edinburgh Art Fair with Bourne Art (November)
Sussex Art Fair Brighton (October)
Oxfordshire Artweeks at West Ox Gallery (May)
West Ox Arts ‘New Work’ group exhibition (February)
Faringdon Arts Society 54th annual exhibition (October)
West Ox Arts ‘Music and Movement’ group exhibition (February)